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Vedolizumab could be used to target latent HIV harboring in gut

Vedolizumab, a first-line treatment for inflammatory bowel disease that targets the alpha4beta7 protein, might be an important tool in the search for a cure for HIV, according to research published in Science Translational Medicine.

Published
04 October 2018
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Healio
No 'reservoir': Detectable HIV-1 in treated human liver cells found to be inert

Novel study suggests HIV-1 still detectable in human liver macrophages unlikely to stay infectious after long-term antiretroviral therapy.

Published
02 October 2018
From
Science Daily
Powerful antibodies suppress HIV for months, could simplify treatment

Two studies in small numbers of people show for the first time that infusions of two powerful anti-HIV antibodies can completely suppress the virus for several months.

Published
28 September 2018
From
Science
Proof-of-concept HIV immunotherapy study passes Phase 1 safety trial

Preliminary results from a phase I clinical trial have demonstrated the safety and tolerability of a cell therapy involving the ex vivo expansion of T cells and their subsequent infusion into HIV-infected individuals previously treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART). The study appears September 21st in the journal Molecular Therapy.

Published
24 September 2018
From
Science Daily
Investigators Uncover Details About A Rare Group of HIV Patients

A pair of new studies is shedding light on a rare, but scientifically important, group of people with HIV who are able to maintain viral control even after stopping antiretroviral therapy. Clues about this ability may help improve antiretroviral therapy, which currently most patients with HIV must receive for life.

Published
24 September 2018
From
MD Magazine
Largest study of 'post-treatment controllers' reveals clues about HIV remission

Much remains unknown about this unique group of individuals, known as HIV post-treatment controllers, including how rare this ability is. Two new studies—including the largest study of post-treatment controllers to date—explore the characteristics of this group as well as the biological mechanisms that may help explain this unique ability.

Published
14 September 2018
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Medical Xpress
Researchers date 'hibernating' HIV strains, advancing BC's leadership in HIV cure research

Researchers have developed a novel way for dating 'hibernating' HIV strains, in an advancement for HIV cure research. Published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS' first major scientific contribution to the area of HIV cure research confirms that dormant HIV strains can persist in the body for decades.

Published
06 September 2018
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
AIDS 2018 HIV cure research highlights

The 22nd International AIDS Conference took place in Amsterdam from July 23–27, 2018. Here, we summarize key highlights on HIV cure-related research from the conference.

Published
30 August 2018
From
Positively Aware
Towards an HIV cure with optimism

‘Freedom!’ ‘hope’ ‘the ability to live life to the fullest’ were the top responses to the question ‘what would a HIV cure mean to you?’ when I asked community participants at AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam. Engaging in HIV cure efforts for many of us means growing our shared freedom, hope and love. As a person who shares this community sentiment, what follows is an optimist’s gaze of progress towards a HIV cure.

Published
23 August 2018
From
HIV Cure
‘It’s sobering’: A once-exciting HIV cure strategy fails its test in people

When Science published a monkey study nearly 2 years ago that showed an anti-inflammatory antibody effectively cured monkeys intentionally infected with the simian form of the AIDS virus, the dramatic results turned many heads. But some skeptical researchers thought the data looked too good to be true and predicted the intervention wouldn’t work on HIV in humans. They were right.

Published
30 July 2018
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Science

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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